"I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful." Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I Won! I Won!

I won this quilt in a raffle through my mother's quilt guild. This is the front

This is the back. I can't wait to get it! I'm so excited.

Monday, September 28, 2009

This is the wife of Jack standing on the house that Jack is adding on to. By the way she cost a very pretty penny.

This is the crew who have been helping Jack.

This is the second floor of the house that Jack is adding on to. And there is Jack!

This is the "Crew Boss" AKA Jack's dad.

This is the pile of trash from the roof that the "Crew Boss" and Jack's wife had to haul off to the dump.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Update on the addition to the house that Jack Built

This is the front of the original part of the house. Yesterday the roof trusses were delivered. There is enough room for more living space up there along with three dormer windows across the front and back of the house.

This is a view of the front of the new addition. There will be a bay window on the front. The bay window will be split down the middle forming two rooms. Later when the extra bedroom is no longer needed the dividing wall will be taken down making a large family room.

This is a view from the back of the house.

And this is a view of the north side of the house.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

More From the House that Jack is Adding on to or Up on the Roof Top

My daughter in law took this picture of the construction on their house. Since Saturday their two year old daughter will stop what she is doing and say, “Papa break house,” “Grandpa break house” and then look worried like her little world is falling apart. She is a very observant little thing. I’ve watched her scrutinizing something around her and then suddenly pouncing. She is like a cat tracking a mouse. She is so full of life and intense. I can’t wait to see what she will be like when she grows up.

Monday, September 21, 2009

And I Thought My Life Couldn't Get Any Worse!

I don't have any pictures at the moment. I'm not even sure I want to get any. Tonight on the way home from school I was making a left hand turn (with the light in my favor) when a woman ran the red light and plowed right into me. My car is dead! The tow truck brought me home. My cell phone was dead and I didn't have my charger in the car. I was totally at the mercy of strangers to call my husband and 911. I bumped my head on the window. That pain went away and now I'm left with the pain I usually have after wrangling 50 five year olds all day. About the best thing that happened was that I did get dinner out with my husband at Olive Garden.

Sunday, September 20, 2009


I finally have a red door. Well the storm door is red. I would have painted the front door red but I could find any paint that matches the red of the storm door. I'm going to keep looking and see if I can find some paint that will match. Other wise I think I'll keep it as it is.

This is a picture from the inside looking out. I can now have natural light in the front hall. It faces north and gets very dark if I don't have a light on.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

This is the House that Angelic Wants!

Yes my daughter is taking her children and leaving me here all alone. Well I know who loves me. It's the ones who live in the same town as me.

I don't think the trampoline comes with it.

A fenced yard you can turn the kiddies out in without worrying about them excaping.

Can you imagine all the baking Angelic could do in a place like this. Forget the diet!

Love the pretty pink bedroom.

Friday, September 11, 2009

More Pictures of the House That Jack Built

These are the plans to the addition to the house that Jack is building.

Peeking Out

Saturday, September 5, 2009

This is the House that Jack (John) is Adding On

This is the big hole in the ground for the foundation to the house that Jack (John)is adding on.

These are the cement walls for the basement to the house that Jack (John)is adding on.

This is the backside of the addition to the house that Jack (John)is adding on.

This is the frontside of the addition to the house that Jack (John)is adding on. Notice the lovely very old egg yolk yellow lead base paint on the side of the addition to the house that Jack (John)is adding on.

This is the new construction for the addition to the house that Jack (John)is adding on.

This is the storage area in the basement of the house that Jack (John) is adding on. His wife Penny organized this room. Each tub is labeled and stacked in order of usefullness. IF I'm EVER THIS ORGANIZED I'LL BE DEAD! Thank goodness he married somebody who is much more organize than his mother.

And this is “Diddle, diddle, dumpling, my son John” in the house that Jack (John) is adding on.

Friday, September 4, 2009


The first two weeks of the new school year are over. I have 26 students in my morning class and 26 in the afternoon. Big classes. Oh well I guess I shouldn’t complain. At least I have a job.

This year is starting out a little different than the last 5 years. These children know how to get centers out and put them away without trashing everything. I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. Maybe next week. I’ve put out about ten sorting centers for the children to work with. These centers are either store bought (transportation, dinosaurs, plastic fruit and vegetables, people, star fish) or homemade (colored pasta). I’ve been watching the children sort these objects into groups by color or shape. In the past I’ve had to worry about somebody eating the pasta or taking some of the store bought items home. These guys work together and on the whole cooperate with each other. I have a power point timer that I set and when it goes off they pick everything up and put it neatly away on the shelf. I only had to talk to them once about putting things away neatly and showed them what I wanted it to look like. I guess it was me saying that I needed to put some things away because there just wasn’t enough room on the shelf for everything I had out.